Ursell: ‘Lives are being put at risk’

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Hospital “bed blocking” in Wiltshire is putting people1s lives at risk, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said recently released figures showed that over the past year, a total of just over 5,000 hospital bed days were wasted in the county because patients who could have been discharged had to stay in hospital longer than they really needed to. Delays in organising patients1 discharge, often caused by lack of funding for nursing home or residential care home placements, meant their beds were not available for other patients. The RNHA says the “knock on” effect is often felt on waiting lists for operations. Mr Ursell said the figures showed that, between October 1999 and September 2000, there were, at any point in time, between about 85 and 140 patients in Wiltshire1s acute hospitals whose discharges had been delayed for one reason or another. The latest report, for September 2000, showed that 116 patients were waiting. “The hospital bed bloc

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